Howick and Pakuranga Times
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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 --- 5 119778 By Chris Harrowell POLICE divers have found the body of a young cancer patient who died after falling out of his boat while fshing. Troylane Tetai is believed to have drowned after going missing in the water off Eastern Beach just before 5pm last Saturday. The 19-year-old former Pakuranga resident, who devel- oped bone cancer in his left leg fve years ago, was fshing with a cousin when he lost his balance and fell out of the dinghy. The weight of an oxygen tank he carried due to his illness pulled him under the Tamaki Strait’s waves. His cousin bravely held onto the upturned dinghy until res- cued by Coastguard and spent six hours in hospital being treated for hypothermia. Coastguard Howick volunteers were called to Eastern Beach at about 10.30pm on Saturday. They joined two central Auck- land-based Coastguard boats that pulled Mr Tetai’s cousin from the water and continued searching until stood down at 12.30am on Sunday. Navy and police divers then took up the search for Mr Tetai. Sergeant Pete Kaveney, of Counties Manukau East Police, confrmed the police dive squad found the fsherman’s body off Eastern Beach at about 4.30pm on Monday. Mr Tetai’s friends and family gathered on the beach shoreline after the tragedy. The group of about a dozen peo- ple included his parents David Tate and Donna Te Tai. Waiting also for news were his sister Len- ise Tetai, partner Nicole Kawiti and her sister Jacinta Kawiti. Troylane Tetai was yet to be found when they spoke to the Times on Monday. Donna Te Tai said their main hope was to get her son’s body back. “He grew up on this beach and wespentalotoftimehereasa family,” she said. “We just want him to come home.” Jacinta Kawiti said emergency services personnel involved with the search were keeping them up to date. “The navy has sonar equipment that can scan a wide area, and then they send it back to base to be looked at,” said the 25-year-old. Mr Tetai grew up in East Auck- land, and attended Pakuranga Intermediate School before mov- ing to live with a relative in North- land. He was living in Takanini at the time of his death. Lenise Tetai, 26, describes her brother as a good natured rebel. He’ll be remembered for his pas- sion for life and the courage with which he faced his illness. “Troylane had chemotherapy for a long time,” said the Takanini resident. “He was tough and didn’t like being pitied. It was hard, but he wasn’t someone who gave up. “He loved having fun and being around his friends. He went fsh- ing all over the place.” Jacinta Kawiti says Mr Tetai’s cousin made a huge effort to save his life. “She took off his oxygen tank because it was going toward the sea foor, and she tried her best to save him. “She tried to drag the boat back to shore and keep herself afoat. “She’s a tough girl and pretty strong for doing what she did.” Members of Mr Tetai’s family visited his cousin after she was released from hospital. They say she’s upset about what’s happened. “They grew up together and were really close cousins,” said Lenise Tetai. “Even though Troy- lane was sick, he went out and did what he wanted to do. “He was hard case and really outgoing. He was a joker.” Cheery rebel remembered Fisherman Troylane Tetai's friends and family gathered at Eastern Beach after he went missing last Saturday, clockwise from left, Arne Gaastra, Isabella Te Tai, Kaperiera Raukura, David Tate, Jacinta Kawiti, Tarryn Te Tai and Nicole Kawiti. Times photo Chris Harrowell Troylane Tetai ROYAL VISIT Happy byes to children F ➤ rompage1 On Monday afternoon, students of East Tamaki Primary shouted "there she is" at the much-anticipated arrival of the Duchess at their school. Camilla was there to sample fare from the school's Garden to Table programme, which provides meals to pupils made from produce they grow themselves. Principal Sarah Mirams presented her with an apron as she entered the kitchen. "There we are, now I look the part," said the Duchess. Pupils busy cutting vegetables and preparing lunch were asked if they enjoyed cooking and what their favourite food was. Young Puna Rongo got ustered by the royal attention. "I was nervous when she was talking to me," he said. "I didn't know what to say. I didn't know what my favourite soup was, so I said pumpkin. But I don't like soup." Students and volunteers at another table were greeted with a cheery "hello everybody". The Duchess accepted the invitation to cut the impressive carrot cake in front of her, handed slices to the pupils and then sampled some, declaring it "very good". "There are a lot of hungry people here," she said. Pania Smith, who found herself sitting at the next table with the Duchess, was star- struck. "She's pretty," she said. On her departure, the Duchess called out a cheerful "bye everybody", to which the children chorused back "bye". Dannemora's Leonie Kerr with Prime Minister John Key.
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